Sakya Monastery

Sakya monastery, shigatse, tibet private tour, everest base camp

 

Located in Sakya County southwest of Shigatse,it is about 127 km west of Shigatse on the road to Tingri in Tibet.the Sakya Kloster (Sakya Monastery) is the principal monastery of the Sakyapa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

 
The monastery was built in 1073 and has more than 900 years of history. It is considered as the 'Second Danhuang'. The monastery houses around 3000 pieces of sutras and precious work of art that are over thousand years old.
 
One characteristic feature of the Sakya region is the colouring of its buildings. Unlike the standard whitewashing that you see elseswhere in Tibet, Sakya's building are ash grey with white and red vertical stripes. The colouring symbolishes the Rigsum Gonpo and stands as a mark of Sakya authority. Sakya literally means "pale earth".
 
Altough the founder of Sakyapa Sect once built a white palace on a grey clay hill near the northern bank of the Chun Qu River.The locals named the palace 'Sakya' which means grey soil. This was the Northern Monastery but today it is visible only as a ruin.
 
Sakya Kloster is famed as the 'Second Dunhuang' due to its colossal collection of numerous Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, murals and Thangkas. 
 

Other Recommended Tour Packages

4 Days Holy City Lhasa Tour
4 Days Holy City Lhasa Tour
This classic 4 days city tour offers the chance for those who has tight schedule. It reveals all of the best sights, sounds, and smells of Lhasa.
$400
Read More
6 Days Tibet Golden Route Tour
6 Days Tibet Golden Route Tour
Besides holy city Lhasa, this tour could take you to the “Heroic Town” Gyantse and Tibet’s second largest city Shigatse.
$640
Read More
8 Days Everest Base Camp Tour
8 Days Everest Base Camp Tour
This most popular 8 days Everest Base Camp adventure our begins in Lhasa with its historic Potala Palace and monasteries.
$800
Read More